My Personal Journey with Cacao
In July 2019 I journeyed to San Marcos, Guatemala to The Yoga Forest for my Sound Ceremony Immersion for 2 weeks. This is where I began cultivating my love and connection with Ceremonial Cacao.
I had a reading from a mystical Mayan medicine man who shared with me that I was meant to bring forth Cacao, my voice and my connection with the drum to the Western world. At this point I had only experienced the magic of Cacao a handful of times so I didn’t really think much of it.
This was an unexpected connection that continued long after my return. Little did I know that this beautiful earthly medicine would accompany me through the most challenging times of my life. Since my time in Guatemala, I have sat in a Cacao ceremony (on my own or with others) every day, deepening my connection with her magical essence. I connect with + share Cacao from Guatemala as that is where my deepest connection lies.
The Magical Essence of Cacao
Cacao is considered “food of the gods” so I feel it is fitting that we are connecting more deeply with this plant as we shift into a new era of life on our planet. The Incas and Mayans of Mesoamerica used Cacao as food, medicine, currency and in sacred ceremonies. We consume it these days as our modern-day chocolate, often with additives and sugars.
Cacao is a heart-opening essence in all ways. Flavonoids found in Cacao can improve blood circulation, may lower blood pressure and protect against heart issues. Anandamide, the “bliss molecule” improves mood while invoking feelings of euphoria. Phenylethylamine, the “love chemical” causes endorphins and opiate-like neurochemicals to be released naturally and functions like an MAO inhibitor to allow more serotonin to circulate within your body.
Raw Cacao contains the highest level of antioxidants in the world along with the highest natural source of iron, magnesium, manganese and chromium. These are important for de-stressing, balancing your mood, suppressing appetite and blood building in the body.
Theobromine is where much of the healing effects of Cacao come from. Neuroprotection, inflammation, cardioprotection, and immunity are the outcomes of theobromine that are being studied for the benefits it provides.
Theobromine is a bitter alkaloid compound with a similar chemical makeup to caffeine, but the two stimulants affect the body differently. Caffeine is fast-acting, and short-lived, hitting the system with a jolt and then crashing. Theobromine’s stimulant effects are mild with more sustain, shifting into more relaxed and focused energy. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant whereas Theobromine is a cardiovascular stimulant.
Theobromine effects last a long time, thus lifting your mood and energy levels. This is one of many reasons it is quickly becoming a healthier, more sustainable option to caffeine.
I have shifted my morning coffee to Cacao with incredible benefits to not only my physical vessel but also all other parts of my being (mental, emotional, spiritual).
Read more about Theobromine on Keith’s Cacao website here and why making the shift from caffeine to Cacao could benefit you here.
Ceremonial Cacao Sources
I destined upon this amazing company (previously Heartblood Cacao) once I realized that I experienced a deep connection with this plant and desired to sit with her every day. It was during our global ceremony (aka pandemic) that I opened to connect with a company that aligned with my values and frequency and was able to ship to Canada (affordably)!
Most of what I currently use is this most delightful Cacao. I have had the pleasure of connecting with one of the creators of this company, Moses. I have gathered wisdom from and with him as well as co-created a virtual Cacao and Sound Ceremony together.
Check out a mini offering of Sound to enjoy with your Cacao
Link to video
RUK’U’LUX (Roo-Koosh-Ouh-Leh-Ou) – sourced here
I enjoyed many cups of Cacao here while the Mayan women infused their magical energy into the Cacao and the space. I still recall their smiles, their kind and gentle demeanour, and their beautiful traditional Guatemalan dress, called traje. It is a treasured memory for me where I not only cultivated my connection with Cacao + the Mayan peoples but I deepened my connection with many soul sisters and brothers that I met during my Sound Ceremony in Guatemala.
Keith’s Cacao – sourced here
I have a deep reverence for this Cacao. The frequency of this one is of divine love. Keith is one of the pioneers of this in Guatemala and his Cacao is prepared with much love and care using traditional methods.
I place my Cacao on my Altar upon receiving it to infuse it with the energy I have cultivated, created and called in with my blessings, prayers and connection to spirit/source and my guides.
When I am ready to prepare my Cacao I dance, sing and infuse her with whatever energy is present. Whenever possible I do this outside, with the Earth among the elements. This is very intuitive and different each time. Connect with her in whatever way feels aligned at that moment.
As I chop it up I continue to dance, sing, and be present with divine loving awareness. I place it in a mason jar to keep it fresh and ready to craft my ceremony each day.
I then connect with the Cacao in my own personal ceremony each day with grace, gratitude + presence.
I weave together + honour ancient traditions and wisdom with modern-day conveniences and science in how I prepare my Cacao. I invite you to explore different ways to make it yourself as you may align with methods other than what I share.
This exploration is meant to be enJoyed and it may evolve over time. I began making my Cacao much differently than how I do now. Much of my connection with Cacao has been intuitive as I feel we have innate wisdom once we open to connect with these magical gifts from the Earth.
I will provide some measurements so you have a place to start with but know that I don’t measure anything out, I rely purely on my intuition. This has beautifully translated to living more from my intuitive nature in all areas of life. I feel that trusting in your intuition with the foundation of gathered wisdom is how we are meant to thrive in this world.
INGREDIENTS + DIRECTIONS
- 1 oz / 3 tbsp Ceremonial Grade Cacao
- 1 cup of hot water (just before boiling)
- Sweetener of your choice (I use dates, maple syrup or honey)
- Spices (I use 4 to honour each direction) : cinnamon, turmeric, sea salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla
- Other additions I add as it feels aligned: tahini (makes it creamier), nut butter, maca, mushrooms
Place all ingredients in the Vitamix/blender and blend until frothy and topped with rainbow bubbles!
If you don’t have a Vitamix or blender simply add ingredients in a pot of hot water and whisk or stir until combined or add all ingredients to your mug and use a handheld whisk/blender and combine until you reach the desired consistency.
Singing + dancing while blending are delightful ways to further infuse your joy and essence in this divine nectar.
Pour in your mug and begin your ceremony!
Each ceremony is unique to each moment. I’ll share some of the ways I create my ceremonies yet know that it is always different. The ceremonial aspect for me is about reverence and honouring your energy, the frequencies around externally and the Cacao, while offering gratitude, love and anything else that feels aligned. Connect with your heart and allow it to lead the way. There is no wrong way to do it!
Outside with the Earth + elements (especially the sun) if possible, I hold the mug of Cacao to my heart and begin to connect with my own energy through breath and awareness of the present moment.
I call upon the Spirit of Cacao and honour it in whatever way feels aligned. I open my heart to receive the essence of the cacao, then I open to be received by the cacao so that the connection is reciprocal. This is an important aspect that I have discovered from sitting daily in ceremony.
I offer gratitude and blessings to all those that were a part of sharing the Cacao with me, then I set and weave my intentions into the ceremony. Once I feel complete with these elements I sing a magical song that I received while in Guatemala to amplify my intentions, gratitude + love outwards to all.
Finally, I honour the Gods and Goddesses of Cacao with gratitude by raising my cup to the sky. I offer gratitude to anyone/anything else that I feel called to (the elements, the directions, my guides, myself). I kiss the Cacao and enjoy each sip with divine reverence + love. The perfect way to start my day!
Blessings to you as you embark upon your Cacao ceremonial connection.
If you wish to receive + connect with the song I sing with my Cacao, here it is:
Lyrics + Meaning
Cacaocita, la medicine
Cacaocita, la di di di
Cacaocita, la medicine
Cacaocita, la di di di
Cura, cura cuerpecito,
Cura, cura, la di di di
Limpia, limpia, espiratito,
Limpia, limpia, la di di di
Dear Cacao The Medicine
Dear Cacao la di di di
Dear Cacao The Medicine
Dear Cacao la di di di
Heal Heal our Dear Bodies
Heal Heal la di di di
Cleanse Cleans our Dear Spirits
Cleans Cleans la di di di